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SpongeBob SquarePants
Spongebob squarepants logo
Genre Animated Family Musical
Created by Stephen Hillenburg
Starring Tom Kenny as SpongeBob
Bill Fagerbakke as Patrick
Rodger Bumpass as Squidward
Lori Alan as Pearl
Mary Jo Catlett as Ms. Puff
Doug Lawrence as Plankton
Dee Bradley Baker
Sirena Irwin
Jill Talley
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 241
Production
Running time 22-23 minutes

(9-12 minutes per segment)

Broadcast
Original channel Nickelodeon, Nicktoons Network, Nick @ Nite
Original run May 1, 1999 – present
Links
Official Site Nick.com
IMDb profile IMDb
TV.com summary TV.com summary
SpongeBob SquarePants (2009 logo)

SpongeBob SquarePants is a popular animated television series created by marine biologist/animatorHillenburg. The premiere first aired on The First Kids' Network after Kids' Choice Awards on May 1, 1999. It officially aired on July 17 of the same year with the second episode "Bubblestand/Ripped Pants". The main character is an accident-prone sponge, SpongeBob SquarePants, his dumb starfish pal Patrick Star, the stingy octopus Squidward Tentacles, the cheapskate crab Mr. Krabs, his fashion-obsessed daughter Pearl and the overly hyper squirrel Sandy Cheeks, who wears an astronaut suit all the time and is characterized as a south westerner. Most episodes take place in the town of Bikini Bottom or the surrounding lagoon floor, islets, deep, or at their own houses.

The cartoon is designed to appeal to older viewers as much as to children. This has a lot to do with the way underwater life and situations are represented, absurdly, as though they are almost equivalent to normal terrestrial lifestyles. Instead of cars, the residents of Bikini Bottom drive boats—with wheels of course. Once, while on a camping trip, Patrick questions how they could have a camp fire on the lagoon bottom—the fire is immediately extinguished with a sizzle. A flurry of bubbles accompany many actions, just to remind the viewer everything is underwater. SpongeBob lives in a pineapple, while his neighbor Squidward lives in an Easter Island head and Patrick lives under a rock. The suggestion is that both have fallen from a tropical island to become underwater habitats. Spongebob's house-pet is a snail named Gary, who only meows like a cat, though characters have shown signs of being able to understand him. As such, worms are the undersea equivalent of dogs. Scallops are the equivalent of birds, as they "fly" and are kept in cages. Jellyfish are the equivalent of bees as they buzz and sting, and are used for their jelly. but are collected or appreciated like butterflies

The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie, the first and only currently theatrical film based on the series, was released on November 19, 2004. According to Square Roots, the movie was also the reason for the long hiatus between "Pranks a Lot" and "Fear of a Krabby Patty".

Popularity

SpongeBob SquarePants has gained a loyal international following with children alike. Merchandise based on the show, for instance, ranges from Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, Kellogg's Cereal, and video games to boxer shorts, pajamas, and t-shirts. It has become a favorite cartoon for television viewers. There have been kids meal tie-ins at Wendy's and Burger King restaurants, so much so when a SpongeBob SquarePants movie promotion ran in 2004, thieves stole nine-foot-high by nine-foot-wide SpongeBob inflatables, wanting Krabby Patties as ransom, and signed by someone who claims to be Sheldon J. Plankton. He was also featured on VH1's I Love the 90s: Part Deux: 1999 as part of a commentary by Michael Ian Black. More recently, a tie-in beverage for 7-Eleven convenience stores has been created, a pineapple-flavored Slurpee.

SpongeBob is the first "low budget" Nickelodeon cartoon, according to the network, to become extremely popular. Long had low-budget cartoons been living in the shadow of Rugrats, but SpongeBob aired in 1999 and almost immediately became more popular. SpongeBob is the fourth Nickelodeon show to attract "older" followers (the first was Rocko's Modern Life, whose executive producer was SpongeBob creator Stephen Hillenburg, then the Kablam! skit Action League Now!, then The Angry Beavers, then SpongeBob, and after SpongeBob, The Fairly OddParents, and Invader ZIM took a similar role when they aired in 2001 and the former is now second only to SpongeBob in popularity).

SpongeBob is onein a long line of shows to include more "adult" references, and has become so popular with the adult crowd that it has been shown on MTV and Spike TV. A certain quote by Patrick ("It's gonna rock!") has been used as a promo for rock stations.Is the best funny show ever most recomended for little kids. The series has also spawned a series of internet memes, such as "Chocolate!", "I'll have you know...", "Moar Krabs", "Innapropriate timing Spongebob Banner", "Morbid Squidward", "NO, This is Patrick", "Patrick hates this channel", "Push it somewhere else Patrick", "Time Cards", "Rev up those X", "Welcome to the Salty Spatoon. How Tough are ya?", "Wumbo", "Evil", and "X stops by Squidward's house".

The series became so popular, that SpongeBob became one of Nickelodeon's mascots.

Theme Song

The theme song, a sea shanty-style tune is sung by Pat Pinney and can also be found on the soundtrack, SpongeBob SquarePants: Original Theme Highlights. A cover of the song by superstar Avril Lavigne can be found on the soundtrack for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. There was also a choral version done for the early episodes.

For several special episodes, the theme song was altered to fit the plot of the episode, such as in "Christmas Who" and "Whatever Happened to SpongeBob?".

History / Production

Main article: SpongeBob SquarePants Timeline

Trivia

  • The head characters all represent one of the seven sins.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants is the only cartoon from the '90's to not have ended yet. It is on its ninth season.
  • The Krusty Krab is inspired by a tool to catch krabs.

Cast

Additional voices in the movie

  • Derek Drymon: Creative Director/Writer/Story Editor/Executive Producer(1999-2004)
  • Sherm Cohen: Art Director/Writer/Executive Prouducer (2005-2006)
  • Paul Tibbitt: Writer/Storyboard Director/Backing Voice Actor/Executive Producer, Showrunner(1999-2004;2005-present)
  • Doug Lawrence (Mr. Lawrence): Writer/Story Editor/Voice Of Plankton and Larry
  • Kaz: Writer/Storyboard Artist
  • Mike Bell: Writer/Storyboard Director (2005-)
  • Vincent Waller: Writer/Storyboard Artist & Director/Technicial Director (2005-)

Characters

Main article: List of SpongeBob SquarePants characters
  • SpongeBob SquarePants- A square sponge who lives in a pineapple under the sea. He works at the Krusty Krab along with his boring neighbour Squidward.
  • Patrick Star- A cheerful, naive and unintelligent starfish, who is SpongeBob's best friend. He lives under a rock to the right of Squidward's house.
  • Squidward Tentacles- A hostile squid that lives in an Easter Island head between the domiciles of SpongeBob and Patrick. Although loved by the other characters, Squidward appears pessimistic and antisocial.
  • Sandy Cheeks- Another friend of SpongeBob's, Sandy is an athletic squirrel from Texas. She wears an old spacesuit and lives in the "Treedome" so that she can survive Bikini Bottom's ocean environment.
  • Eugene H. Krabs- The cheapsake, miserly owner of the Krusty Krab. Commonly known as Mr. Krabs, he is SpongeBob and Squidward's boss. He lives in an anchor with his daughter Pearl, who is a whale.
  • Sheldon J. Plankton- The owner of the Chum Bucket and Mr. Krabs's main rival. He is determined to steal the secret Krabby Patty formula from The Krusty Krab and run Mr. Krabs out of business.
  • Gary- SpongeBob's pet snail, and thus meows like all snails on the show. He is very intelligent, as revealed in the episode "Your Shoe's Untied". Gary actually wears shoes, and taught SpongeBob how to tie his shoes. Gary also has many other items stored in his shell.

Episodes

Main article: List of SpongeBob SquarePants episodes

Seasons

Episodes:

Season Episodes First Episode Latest Episode

Season 1

20 May 1, 1999 April 8, 2000
Season 2 20 October 26, 2000 July 26, 2003
Season 3 20 October 5, 2001 October 11, 2004
Season 4 20 May 5, 2005 July 24, 2006
Season 5 20 February 19, 2007 July 19, 2008
Season 6 26 March 3, 2008 July 5, 2009
Season 7 26 July 19, 2010 June 11, 2011
Season 8 26 March 26, 2011 December 6, 2012
Season 9 26 July 21, 2012 TBA
Season 10 37 TBA TBA

Movies

Title  Release Date Note Running Time
The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie November 19, 2004 Theatrical Film 87 Minutes
SpongeBob SquarePants 2 February 13, 2015 Theatrical Film Currently unknown

Home video releases

Main article: List of SpongeBob SquarePants video releases

References

External links

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